Made in Dagenham (2010, 1hr 53mins)
Director: Nigel Cole
Join us for a free film screening of Made in Dagenham in the Library’s beautiful Periodicals Room on Thursday 29 November 2018.
6.00-6.15pm - Entry to film (no entry after 6.15pm) *Complimentary free drink*
6.20-6.30pm - Welcome & film Screening starts
This film was selected for screening to celebrate the pioneering work of Barbara Castle who features as one of over 50 women pioneers in the Rights for Women: London’s Pioneers in their Own Words exhibition.
Based on a true story, Made in Dagenham explores the movement that caused a significant law reform. Rita O'Grady (a fictional character) leads the 1968 Ford sewing machinists strike at the Ford Dagenham plant, where female workers walk out in protest against sexual discrimination, demanding equal pay. This strike causes a lot of public attention around the world and was seen as out of the ordinary to many because it was not in a woman's nature to do anything else other than the traditional family roles. The strike is successful and leads to the Equal Pay Act 1970.